Here comes week 42!






 






Today is Friday, week 41.  Yes, those crazy Danes do love their week numbers.  (Remember my post Week Six? Week Sex!)  To be honest, I've always found the Danish way confusing and prefer using actual dates.  "Shall we meet up in the week beginning 21 October?"  Instead of "Shall we meet up in week 43?"  But - gasp - I even caught myself asking DDH (Dear-Danish-Husband) if he could "book time off in week 7 " (the Danish schools' winter holiday week)! 

But I digress!  Yes, today is Friday in week 41, which means that if you are out and about today you are guaranteed to see hoardes of Danish schoolkids (and many nursery kids) doing all kinds of sport.  It's "Motionsdag" (National 'Exercise Day').  My son's class (7th grade) are dancing and playing høvdingebold (dodgeball).  My daughter's class (5th grade) are doing a sponsored run/scooter race down at the beach...

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And what comes after week 41?  Why, week 42 - selvfølgelig!  Otherwise known as the Danish schools' autumn holiday week.  I'll be taking a nice little break with the kids, so I leave you with a couple of ideas of what to do with the hundreds and thousands of kastanjer (chestnuts or conkers) that you'll find on your autumn walks in the Danish woods right now.  If you have little 'uns, you'll know that they come home every day from nursery, pockets literally bulging with the darn things ;) 

Don't want to make something crafty with the chestnuts?  Their scent is apparently good at warding off spiders - just pop the chestnuts in a bowl and leave them in the corners of any room...

And, talking of spiders, here are the crafts!

SPIDERS WEBS 

You'll need:

  • chestnuts

  • cocktail sticks or matches

  • a small implement for making holes (like a screwdriver)

  • wool 




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Make about 8 holes round the outside of the chestnut. Push in the cocktail sticks or matches - it should look like a wheel.  Take a long piece of wool and weave it in and out of the 'spokes' of the wheel.  It doesn't have to be perfect!  Did I mention this project was great for kids?




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Keep winding around and around.  Remember to leave a long piece of wool when you are finished, so that you can hang it up.  You can use different yarns for different effects.  Orange and black?  Hmmm, Halloween anyone?


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 SNUGGLY SPIDERS

 

You'll need:



  • chestnuts


  • pipecleaners


  • a small implement for making holes (like a screwdriver)


  • something to make eyes (for example, stick-on googly eyes, small round white stickers, glitter glue) 




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Make four holes on each side of the chestnut.  We used 2 pipecleaners for each spider.  Cut each pipecleaner into 4 equal lengths, so you'll end up with 8 in all.  Stick them into the holes you've made and voilà, your spider has legs!  Stick on some eyes.  Use what you've got to hand. We just used a couple of dabs of glitter glue.


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Time to run!  (And jump, and skip, and play football...)

Have a fantastic Friday and an exciting efterårsferie!

Diane :)

2 comments:

Ruth said...

hi Diane, as an Englander WHO fell in love with Denmark before I met and fell in love with my Danish husband (we lived in Copenhagen until last year when we moved to Århus- one Little viking of 3 years age and a Little Brother on the way anyday now ;)) I just wanted to write and say how nice it is to see a blog by someone who has moved to Denmark and likes it! yes it has its ups and Downs and the people have their quirks- doesnt evrywhere? Even after aprox 7 years I still love Denmark too- (most days anyway ha ha) and sometimes get tired of moany expat posts. Do you have your kids in a Danish school? I am trying to weigh up the old International / Danish conundrum for my son- he is currently in børnehave. Any tips?

Diane said...

Hi Ruth, a fellow Denmark-lover! :) That's exactly why I started blogging about "those crazy Danes" and their quirks...concentrate on the positive! Re your kid/kids: are you planning to be here for life? Before I moved to Denmark I worked in the EC Court (in Luxembourg) for 10 years and got a little tired of making friends then seeing them leave after 2/3 years... So I thought it was best for our kids to be in a Danish school, with Danish chums - as Denmark is our permanent home. They're at ease with both cultures and are bilingual: Scottish accent when they speak English, Copenhagen accent when they speak Danish - which amuses hubby's family, who are from Jutland ;) Good luck with the baby!